Playground/ Recess Blog Hop

Everyday we have at least a 20 minute time where we get the kiddos up and moving. We are very fortunate to have gotten some great gross motor items to use in the classroom from Donor's Choose a few years ago. Some of the items our kiddos love and are great for their gross motor needs as well as their sensory needs, which will help your kiddos focus and be able to complete tasks and learn more!

Meet sensory needs, increase coordination, core strength, balance, increase strength of small and large muscles, Helps with social (taking turns, conflict resolution, talking to peers), emotional and cognitive development. Also, helps to increase student's language skills.  

Ball Pit
Ball and Hoops or Ball and Nets
When the weather is nice we do get outside. However, for some of the students the playground is way too much stimulation. As soon as we get outside they just run around the playground and run into other students and/ or hurt themselves because they are running to fast. Due to this sensory overload (24 students, too many options for them to choose from) we made a visual schedule for them. Initially I put the pictures of the item choices up, but after a couple of days they would do all five tasks and then would go back and put up five new ones themselves. Even some of the other students like to go over and say I am going to do the monkey bars and go do it. It keeps all of our kids safe and gives them a task to do rather than just running. 

Encourage appropriate interaction with peers when playing. Encourage students to try something new because some of the kiddos like to only do the same activities. Know what the students need to improve and provide those materials. 

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